College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Forum

The College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion forum series is an expansion of the highly successful Western New York student survey project, coined the Buffalo Project, co-facilitated by Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers, associate professor at SUNY Empire State College. The Buffalo Project analyzed the impacts of cultural inclusiveness on college learning and student retention at SUNY Empire State College, Niagara Frontier. This survey information, has been used to create a variety of activities at Niagara Frontier in order to engage students cross-culturally; some of these events include culture-based plenary discussions, documentary film round tables, community tours, student clubs, and food events.

The success of this forum series eventually expanded into what is now a College-wide Diversity and Inclusion Forum series.

For information about the Buffalo Project and the prior College-wide Cultural Diversity and Inclusion forums, please see the following links:

Empire State College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website has information on many policies and programs offered.

Upcoming Forums (TBD)

Videos from Previous Forums

6th Annual Diversity Forum (2019): How Creative Thinking Sets the Environment for Diversity and Innovation

By Ms. Karina Loera-Barcenas, SUNY Buffalo State Small Business Development Center Business Advisor


5th Annual Diversity Forum: Microaggressions in Everyday Life


4th Annual Diversity Forum: Visible and Invisible Disabilities


3rd Annual Diversity Forum: American Politics and Race


2nd Annual Diversity Forum: Cultural Inclusion and Diversity


1st Annual Diversity Forum: Race and Policing